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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: There's no question that Mr.. Snowden unleashed a much more response passionate than would have been the case if i had simply appointed this review board to go through and sat down with Congress and we had worked this thing through. It would have been less exciting . It would not have generated as much press to i actually think we would have gone to the same place.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama continued: And we would have done so without putting at risk our national security and some very vital ways that we are able to get some intelligence that we need to secure the country.
Dana Rohrabacher
U.S. Representative R-CA, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Rohrabacher: I think declaring what Mr.. Snowden did, by alerting the American people to over surveillance, on the part of our own government, of our population, to call him a traitor is going too far. In fact he was being loyal to the rest of us by letting the American people know that their government was getting out of hand.
Dana Rohrabacher
U.S. Representative R-CA, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Rohrabacher continued: And when our government suggests that it has to keep a record of every phone call every citizen makes in order to protect us, it has gone too far. Now the fact that Russia gave him asylum is very -- i think it is very symbolic. Russia, a country we attacked – and by the way, as you know, i was Ronald Reagan's speech writer for seven years. I worked with him on most if not many of his
Dana Rohrabacher
U.S. Representative R-CA, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Rohrabacher continued 2: see happening in our own society. Snowden was just alerting us to our governmental getting out of hand. And Russia accepting him for asylum, I think, was not as hostile an act as it is being portrayed.
Barack Obama
President
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Obama: If you look at the reports, even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden has put forward, all the stories that have been written, What you're not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs. And listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's e-mails. What you’re hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused.
Barack Obama
President
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Obama continued: the prospect these could be abused. Part of the reason they are not abused is because these checks are in place and those abuses would be against the law and would be against the orders of the FISA.
Barack Obama
President
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Obama: ...see if they can catch us in some imprecision on something, in light of that, it makes sense for us to go ahead and lay out what exactly we are doing, have a discussion with Congress, have a discussion with industry, which is also impacted by this, have discussion with civil libertarians and see can we do this better?
Spencer Ackerman
The Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Ackerman: There’s something called the 702 provision in a 2008 bill. It basically says, it allows foreign communications, communications believed to be from foreigners related to espionage, related to terrorism, to be collected not just the data about them but the conversations, themselves. Now Inside that data, there's some subject because you're talking about such a huge pool and because of some technological necessities, there are some Americans' communications
Spencer Ackerman
The Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Ackerman continued: that are swept up in that as well. You've heard Obama say both today and previously, well, we don't listen to Americans' communications. We're not listening to your phone calls, we’re not reading your e-mails. Well some of that data is inside this so-called 702 series of databases and this loophole that we disclosed today that we sort of gave the evidence that Senator Wyden's been sort of nodding about and sort of indicating about shows that under certain conditions starting in 2011 the NSA was given the authority to search for US person identifiers, they are actually querying
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